Written by Greg Giaconelli Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.
One of the most exciting games was the 12U championship between the Long Island Devils and hometown Farmingdale Greendogs. Farmingdale started off the tournament path by going 6-0 in group play as the Devils went 3-3. In the playoff portion of the tournament, the Greendogs shellacked the Ozone Howard Renegades 11-3, on Aug. 14, while the Devils staved off East Meadow from getting on the scoreboard, beating them 5-0.
It was a roller coaster matchup from the start, with early offense on both sides. But the Devils would tack on seven runs in the first inning, taking advantage of some of the Greendogs defensive miscues.
“It didn’t start off well” said Greendogs Head Coach Andrew Frigerio. “We were down 7-0 early and made a lot of mistakes.”
However, the Greendogs responded back in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit to three. Matteo Ramos got Farmingdale on the board with a two run triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Daniel Hickey to make it 7-3. Kevin Wilson then followed up with an inside the park home run to cut the lead 7-4.
“I told the kids as they came back to the dugout ‘It’s only the first inning. Six more innings left’” said Frigerio.
After trading runs on each side, the Greendogs refused to go down without a fight as the bats broke out again in the third. Ramos led the bottom of the third with a walk and Hickey singled to put runners at the corners for Wilson, who connected on another single to make it an 8-6 game. Matthew Contarino would even up the game with a two run triple and Justin Reece and Jason Miller added a pair of singles to put the Greendogs up 10-8.
Despite the Devils effort to add a run in the fifth, making it a one run game, Farmingdale would put the game well out of reach. Daniel Cordova drove in two runs to make it 12-9 and then a double from Michael Barletta and single from Dante Interlandi extended the Greendogs lead to five. The Greendogs would hold on in the top of the sixth and win the game 14-9, where they have earned their third championship in four years.
“They never gave up” said Frigerio. “They battled back and chipped away.”
After the game, both squads were presented with their honors as both the champions and runner ups and got together for a group photo with former Yankees pitcher Aaron Small.
For the 14U championship game, SUNY Farmingdale State College played host to an evening match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.
Unlike some of the pee-wees, the Garden City Warriors started the tournament in mid-July, finishing 4-2 overall, which earned them a trip to the semifinals against the Farmingdale Devil Dogs on Aug. 14. Each game in their run began on a low note as they struggled earlier in the games but would eventually battle back late. In the semifinal game, they came from behind by erasing a 9-1 deficit and won that game 13-11.
“Our boys never gave up. We believed in ourselves and supported ourselves,” said Garden City Head Coach Mark DiPierro. “We know we were here for a great cause and the kids responded and we came back, which brings us to this beautiful day here at Farmingdale State College.”
Brentwood entered the evening going 5-0 in group play and looked poised to continue their dominance on the diamond. Garden City tried to strike early in the first two innings but left runners on base in both. Brentwood struck first in the bottom of the second with an inside the park home run, a two run triple and sac fly that did the damage to put the Braves up 4-0.
In the bottom of the third, Brentwood would continue to set up and drive in more runs. They would add another run to chase Warriors pitcher Michael Toohig and extend the lead to five. Layne
Meyer came in to relief and surrendered two more runs before getting out of the jam where the Warriors trailed 7-0. The Braves would produce two more runs to extend their lead 9-0.
The Warriors had trouble stringing together hits with guys on base. Defensively, they weren’t on their game either. The pitchers had thrown too many pitches, which yielded a lot of hits, walks and wild pitches as the Braves took advantage of those mistakes with aggressive base stealing and timely hitting.
Garden City attempted to come back in the top of the seventh by adding two runs as Mark DiPierro reached on an error at first but that was all they could muster. Despite losing 9-2 in the championship game, Coach DiPierro was happy and proud with the team’s progression in the tournament and felt they played great. “I think we did everything we could to get the boys playing out here together. Everybody got to share a part in the day” said DiPierro. “We’re a great team. We played a great team and we did our best. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:43
Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:04
The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8.
Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.